Adverse vs averse: simple tips to remember the difference
ADVERSE vs AVERSE – simple tips to remember the difference
ADVERSE and AVERSE are easy to confuse. They may sound similar but they have different meanings… and I have a simple tip to remember the difference between them.
ADVERSE means harmful or unfavourable. It’s often used with the word ‘effects’ – particularly by newsreaders and journalists – like this: “the local area is feeling the adverse effects of the decision to close the factory,” or, “Adverse weather conditions over the weekend caused havoc in the town.”
The best way to remember the spelling of adverse is to think of the D in adverse and D for damage.
AVERSE means having a strong dislike for something. It’s often followed by the word ‘to’: for example, “I’m averse to bad weather” or used in a phrase like ‘risk-averse’.
ADVERSE and AVERSE are both fairly formal, slightly stuffy-sounding words, so you may be better off rewording your sentence altogether to avoid them.
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Accept or except: do you know the difference?
ACCEPT vs EXCEPT – simple tips to remember the difference
ACCEPT and EXCEPT are easy to confuse.
They may sound the same but they have different meanings… and I have a simple tip to remember the difference between them.
ACCEPT means to acknowledge, or agree to receive.
To remember this, think of the AC of ACCEPT and ACKNOWLEDGE.
EXCEPT means apart from, or excluding.
Think of the EX of EXCEPT and EXCLUDING.
Keep these tips in mind and you’ll stop making this common mistake in no time.